Alverstone is open!

I was so sad when the hide at Alverstone Mead closed. It had become my go-to place for quiet, contemplative time, usually spent with with some of the Island’s tamer red squirrels. It’s taken a while to complete the repairs, but this wonderful spot is now open again. I’m unsure as to whether the name … More Alverstone is open!

Trees & waves

I dream of far flung places; wide sandy beaches, lofty mountain peaks and deep cut fjords. Most of the time though, I’ve got to search out my nature time on a smaller scale, closer to home. The wind is currently from the north, bringing the first real cold of the year. Dusk and dawn walks … More Trees & waves

Dipping

Beach days were a big part of my childhood, annual visits to the wide stretches of and infinitely explorable dunes of Studland Bay the place in which our family summers were spent. At some point during the long hours exposed to the sun, I’d enter the water, but not enthusiastically; the unpredictability and changeability of … More Dipping

Slow Sunday

We’re in the midst of Isle Walk on the island at the moment, organised walks of various lengths and subjects, shooting out in all directions across our green and pleasant land. Sunday was the centrepiece of the festivities of our great outdoors, Walk the Wight, with pushing on for 5 figures worth of people and canines … More Slow Sunday

30 things I learnt running the 60th Isle of Wight Marathon

Ryde Harriers know how to run an event; great facilities, genuinely enthusiastic marshals, race officials and volunteers, hands down the best organised event I’ve had the pleasure to be involved in. There may be less hilly, more forgiving routes for your first ever marathon; the last hills back from Porchfield to Cowes were hard. Really hard. … More 30 things I learnt running the 60th Isle of Wight Marathon

spring arrives

The hints have been here for weeks now, but the true marker of the arrival of spring must be whether you are willing to sit outside for a picnic. Thankfully, that time arrived while Bryony & I were both still on holiday. Newtown has proven to be the perfect destination for the newest member of our … More spring arrives

easter out west

With the in-laws scattered across the globe, Bryony & I were lucky enough to have their West Wight home as ours for the Easter weekend. Fortuitously as it happens, as this week we welcomed a new member to our household, Rolo the rescue dog. The large garden and footpaths abounding from the doorstep made the perfect location for … More easter out west

Visiting the Reds

With the weather warming, the bike has been emerging from its winter hibernation on a more regular basis. Saturday last, I headed straight down the cycle path to one of my favourite Island spots, Alverstone Mead. I only discovered these beautiful acres a while ago, but have been a regular visitor since. It feels like a … More Visiting the Reds

ploughing match

Many times I’ve cycled past by chance but have never stopped. So when I discovered one of the island’s ploughing matches beforehand, into the diary it went.      I’m really pleased I did, a lovely countryside event to brighten a grey Saturday. Living in town it is easy to forget just how rural we … More ploughing match